A representative of Nativa Tours will pick you up at your hotel to start a very interesting tour: getting to know the cultural side of the city: we propose you to visit some museums in the Casco Antiguo (Old Town).
In the Old Town of Panama (Casco Antiguo), we have a variety of museums with different themes, such as the Canal, the Molas, Religious Art, Old Life and the History of Panama, each of these museums will give us a lot of information about Panama.
Museum of ¨La Mola¨ (MUMO)
MUMO has been conceived as a space to appreciate the molas as cultural works of art, which transcend their utilitarian function, as part of the traditional dress of Guna women, and become pieces of contemplation, reflection and admiration.
The visitor to the MUMO will be able to learn about the evolution of the mola, will explore the aesthetic values, will know how they are made, their meaning, and at the same time, will allow them to make their own mola.
Museum of the Interoceanic Canal
The building that houses the Museum of the Interoceanic Canal of Panama was built in 1874, like the Grand Hôtel by the Alsatian George Loew. It was later bought by Count Ferdinand de Lesseps to install the offices of the Universal Company of the Interoceanic Canal; The New Canal Company operated here and was later sold to the United States together with the concession for the construction of the Panama Canal. In 1915, it was bought by Dr. Belisario Porras, president of Panama, and ministerial offices were installed. It was the headquarters of the Posts and Telegraphs and the mosaics with this name can be seen at the entrance of the building. In 1996, the Board of the Canal Museum rehabilitated the building to inaugurate the Museum of the Interoceanic Canal of Panama in 1997.
It has eleven exhibition rooms that have an audio guide system, which has been accompanying you since the beginning of this, the story of one of the greatest feats of engineering of all time, through its multiple changes where it is includes the France – United States transfer; You will witness the life that Americans adopted as citizens living in the Canal Zone, likewise the direction that the North American country gave to this great system, is reflected in different media, such as images, computers, treatises or videos.
Museum of History
The Museum of History of Panama exhibits documents and pieces from the colonial, departmental and republican period.
The future of the country can be followed in this museum, where the tour of its four rooms covers the colonial era in its most political essence (1501-1821), the departmental period (1821-1903) and the founding of the republic (1903) until the present.
Museum of ¨Antaño¨
¨Cathedral house¨ is an antique museum where you will have the opportunity to interact with the culture and entertainment of the Latin American history of the 30s, here the history recreated in costumes and places of the time will be shown to visitors.
The museum has a collection of classic cars and music to set this beautiful house with more than 400 years of history, strategically located in the heart of the Old Town of Panama.
Museum of Religious Art
The Museum of Colonial Religious Art, the old chapel of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, was built in the second third of the 18th century and restored by the National Directorate of Historical Heritage in 1974.
This museum presents a variety of pieces, almost all of them made by the hands of talented artisans from Ecuador, Lima and Spain, who made great use of their skills with metalwork and wood materials.
It is recommended to bring
Photographic camera (in some museums they allow taking photos)